Do you ever feel that what you have to offer God isn’t enough? Whether it’s your skills, your smarts or your service, especially when we compare what we have to give with what others are able to give. Surely God would want or even expect more!
In those situations, we may find ourselves asking, “How far will this go? What really can be done with what I have to contribute?”
In John 6 Jesus and his disciples are confronted by a large crowd longing to hear Jesus teach and possible have him heal their sick. As this large crowd of roughly 5,000 approached Jesus, he asked his disciples, “Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat (v5)?”
When we look at what we have to contribute and determine it to be insufficient or not enough, it can prevent us from doing anything at all.
Philip’s response to Jesus in this moment is just that. He responds saying, “It would take more than half a years wages to buy enough bread.” Philip focuses on what they don’t have rather than what they do have and it hinders him from participating with Jesus.
Andrew, on the other hand, finds a boy with five loaves of bread and two fish and brings him to Jesus. Andrew isn’t stupid. He knows that five loaves and two fish aren’t enough. That’s not even enough to feed Jesus and his disciples let alone 5,000 people. The gospel writer describes these food items as “small,” emphasizing that they won’t go very far. Andrew knows this, but he brings them anyway.
And what Jesus does with these small loaves of bread and fish is amazing! He takes a peasant boy’s snack and multiplies it into a gigantic feast. The bread and fish keep going and going and going. Everyone ate as much as they wanted! All 5,000 people were satisfied and full. Their were even leftovers!
Five loaves and two fish, that was it. But with Jesus it was more than enough.
This story is a beautiful reminder that Jesus isn’t looking for us to have it all. He’s not looking for us to meet everyone’s needs or even to have an endless supply. The truth is, Jesus doesn’t even need what we have to begin with. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. But he graciously invites us to participate with him regardless of what we have and chooses to use it anyway.
No matter what it is, whether it’s our time, talents or treasures, or even a brown bag lunch, the most significant thing we can bring with our contribution is faith. What we bring may not be enough, in fact, it probably isn’t enough. But Jesus isn’t looking for those who bring enough. Jesus is looking for those who bring faith. Later in this chapter Jesus says faith is what God requires (v28-29).
So rather than focusing on what you don’t have, focus on what you do have knowing God will gladly use it. Offer it to Him in faith believing He has the power to do immeasurably more than we could imagine.
We all have something to contribution to the work of God in our community. And when your tempted to think, “It’s not enough,” don’t let your doubt hold you back. Offer it anyway. You never know what God will do with it and how people will be impacted by it.